UK-based Sheffield Forgemasters announced that it is joining the Sizewell C Consortium of businesses with the aim to supply large-scale nuclear projects across the UK, starting with the Sizewell C nuclear power plant.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will see Sheffield Forgemasters provide a range of specialised qualification components for the project and indicates potential longer-term opportunities for collaboration on future EPR projects in the UK.
The Sizewell C Consortium represents more than 200 businesses across the nuclear and construction supply chain, which is preparing to mobilise onto Sizewell C as the construction of Hinkley Point C draws to a close.
The agreement with Forgemasters builds on three previous MOUs signed by the Sizewell C Consortium with Wales, the North of England and East of England, which will inject over £7.2 billion into the supply chain and create 70,000 job opportunities throughout the construction of Sizewell C.
David Bond, CEO of Sheffield Forgemasters, commented: “We will be manufacturing qualification components in order to join the supply chain for Sizewell C, with the eventual aim, to supply components into the build. If we can secure supply into the UK’s nuclear fleet, we can continue to invest in our workforce, provide local high-skilled job opportunities, and re-shore nuclear manufacturing for the UK fleet.”
Since it was established in 2020, the Sizewell C Consortium has grown to more than 250 members and spans the nuclear supply chain across the UK.
Sheffield Forgemasters specialises in the design and manufacture of high integrity forgings and castings offering end-to-end manufacture for steel production from a single site in the UK. In December, the Sheffield Forgemasters signed a MOU with Rolls-Royce SMR to explore commercial mechanisms for a long-term collaboration on the supply of forgings to the UK Small Modular Reactor fleet.
Photo: Proposed nuclear power plant at Sizewell C (Photo credit: EDF Energy)